My wife and I will be passing through NOLA in late June so these suggestions are very welcomed. We will arrive late on a Friday and fly out on Sunday morning so we will have some time to look around a little and maybe eat outselves silly.
FYI Antoine's Restaurant, for classic Creole cooking in the French Quarter, has an amazing lunch special: $20.12 for 3 courses and 25 cent martinis to go with it!
Alright, since we've started . . .
+1 to Casamento's. It's probably my favorite restaurant in all of NOLA. My usual meal there was a dozen oysters, cup of gumbo, and a soft shell crab loaf (unfortunately, not in season yet) and several Dixie beers.
Galatoire's for lunch. No coat requirement, and better food than all of the other old Creole restaurants. I love the Crabmeat Maison.
Brigtsen's for Cajun food on the Riverbend where St. Charles meets South Carrolton. I much preferred Brigtsen's to K-Paul's.
For po-boy's, since my favorite place is long gone (Louisiana Seafood Exchange counter taken over by Crabby Jack's; but Crabby Jack's seems to still have a similar menu), I would go with some place classic like Domilise's.
Unfortunately, all of John Besh's and Donald Link's restaurants came after I lived there. I will have to say, though, that Emeril's was consistently good. And, I was always impressed by Bayona. FWIW, nearly all of the local attorneys I got to know recommended the Bon Ton Cafe in the Central Business District for lunch.
I also loved Zachary's that was in the Riverbend area. The owner apparently opened up Lil' Dizzy's Cafe. They had great fried chicken and jambalaya. I've heard/read/seen lots of great things about Willie Mae's Scotch House's fried chicken.
I'm hoping to go back next year. I've got a lot of eating to do there to get current.
Thanks Guys. I won't be spending my own money so I'm ready to get my eat on.
Just walk around.
When you can't understand the accent and you hear zydego music in the background,
then you are probably in the right place.
I hope you are ready to suck some crawdad heads.
That just sounds wrong.
This is easy, go to Stella for dinner and Stanley's for breakfast. Trust me!
new orleans is a food city, no doubt. i would strongly encourage anyone visiting to try
some stuff besides commanders,galatoires,etc etc etc...or any other restaurant thats a zillion years old. its not that these landmarks arent good(i worked at galatoires for a couple of years,believe me i respect what they do) but to me, those places dont represent modern new orleans cuisine as the people know it. the big places more or less cater to your perception of new orleans FWIW. the average joe in new orleans is more or less a foodie/drunk and you shouldnt have a problem getting good local recomendations.